I know this blog is supposed to focus on healthy alternatives and overall good food but every one and a while you have to jump of the other side and make something so sugary and so chocolaty that it doesn’t even have a name. A friend of mine told me of a treat a co-worker … Continue reading →
I hope everyone had a good time. Memorial day weekend is a classic for outdoor grilling. This year I decided to make black bean burgers. It was a relatively simple recipe that tasted great.
Grilled up and ready for eating!
Black Bean Burgers
(View the original recipe here)
What you’ll need:
1/2 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
1 egg (I was at my parents who have chickens so I was lucky enough to get a fresh laid egg!)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Salt and fresh ground black
In a food processor, blend the onion and garlic together.
Next add one can of black beans and spices, blend until smooth.
Then, in a bowl, stir the mixture, the second can of black beans, and the bread crumbs together.
Finally, make patties and grill on medium heat for about 6 minutes per side!
I’m never hungry first thing in the morning so I usually take something to eat at work. In the past it was something like a bagel and cream cheese or pop-tarts (I convinced myself they were ok because I ate Nature’s Path Organic “Toaster Pastries”).
I decided to find a better breakfast that I could quickly make in the morning.
In my quest I discovered the homemade egg sandwich (seen below).
Especially good after a morning run!
An Awesome Breakfast in 5 min. or Less
Cheese of choice (I used slices of sharp cheddar)
Broccoli/Spinach/Veggie of choice (optional)
2 slices of bread (or bagel, pita wrap, English muffin)
Crack the egg into a ceramic bowl, stab the yolk, and cover with a plate. Cook it on 50% power for approx. 2 minutes. (If you can’t figure out how to adjust your microwaves power you might explode your first egg, like me).
While the egg is microwaving toast the bread.
When the egg is done use the same bowl to steam the broccoli. Place the broccoli in the bowl and cover with a little water. Cook in the microwave for aprox. 2 minutes.
Layer everything to make a great, quick out-the-door sandwich!
3/4 cup oat flour (you can make this by pulsing rolled oats into a food processor or spice grinder until finely ground; 1 cup of oats yielded 3/4 cup oat flour for me)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon Kosher or coarse salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (plus extra for the pan)
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 cup cooked oatmeal*
1 tablespoon unsulphured (not blackstrap) molasses or 1 tablespoon honey
2 large eggs
Whisk the dry ingredients together then add the wet ones.
Cook on a hot skillet until it looks like a pancake.
My boyfriend loves cashews, chocolate, and chocolate chip cookies. I thought, why not try and make a cookie with cashews? I figured that white chocolate would go better with them. Low and behold cashew white chocolate chip cookies are a thing!
My first task was to acquire black beans. I already had some dry ones but the recipe called for 19oz canned. The largest can I could find was 16oz so I figured I could use ½ cup dried beans to make up the 19oz.
I cooked the dried beans, rinsed them and added them to the blender. Next I opened the canned beans and dropped them in the blender but something wasn’t right. It smelled like dog food, was already mushed together, and was brown. I had bought refried black beans instead of regular canned black beans! It was too late. Once in the mood for brownies one has to move forward. I added the rest of the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips), blended it together and poured it in the pan.
I then mixed in the chocolate chips. Although, I realized later that the recipe says to “sprinkle with chocolate chips”. To add my own flair (and to erase some of the dog food smell) I squirted Hershey’s chocolate syrup onto the top in a zig zaggy design. I find where the syrup sit the brownie is more moist and chocolaty.
After 30 minutes I took the brownies out. They smelled like chocolate and faintly of refried beans. They tasted alright but for me not enough like chocolate. It probably would have if I had used normal beans.
My Accidental Refried Black Bean Brownie Creation!
I decided to take them into work and let my co-workers eat them. It would be a blind study; no one knows I used beans.
1 19oz (540ml) can black beans, well rinsed and drained 3 large eggs 3 tbsp vegetable or canola oil 1/4 cup cocoa powder 2/3 cup white sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 tsp instant espresso 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips